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Theme parks can be oth­er­worldly at the best of times, but if Dis­ney­land is on your travel bucket list, take it one step fur­ther and check out the Ja­panese ver­sion. With not one but two theme parks to en­joy, Tokyo Dis­ney­land and the ad­ja­cent Dis­neySea of­fer a com­pletely im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with the main park mod­elled af­ter the Magic King­dom at Cal­i­for­nia’s Walt Dis­ney World (right). High­lights in­clude the Mon­sters Inc Ride & Go Seek, Dream­lights night pa­rade and Big Thun­der Moun­tain Rail­road. Dis­neySea has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the fifth most-vis­ited theme park in the world and is made up of seven unique ports of call in­clud­ing the Jules Vernein­spired Mt Prometheus, which fea­tures a thrilling un­der­sea 20,000 Leagues at­trac­tion, and the park’s vol­canic Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land cen­tre­piece. Eat oddball snacks ga­lore from Mickey’s tapi­oca bub­ble tea to fruity Toy Story alien mocha dumplings, grab some com­fort food at Grandma Sara’s Kitchen or go lo­cal with good Ja­panese cui­sine at Restau­rant Hoku­sai. Stay on­site at the Tokyo Dis­ney­land Ho­tel (from Dh1,606) inr a pixie dust-sprin­kled Tinker Bell Room. Or, de­camp to the more peace­ful en­vi­rons of the nearby Hil­ton Tokyo Bay (from Dh1,026) – al­though the fairy­tale vibe pre­vails in its Happy Magic Suites.

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